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TechNet Asia-Pacific: Intelligence Challenges Require Commercial Innovation

November 4, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Intelligence officers in the Pacific theater have seen the future, and it is commercial. That was a point driven home by the opening panel in TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008, now under way in Honolulu, Hawaii. The J-2 panel focused on intelligence challenges, and panelists cited the need for commercial technologies and capabilities to fulfill intelligence sharing needs across diverse coalitions and partnerships.

Pragmatics Awarded $17 Million to Provide Biometric Systems Engineering Services for Army

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Pragmatics Incorporated has received a $17 million task order to provide systems engineering and technical support services for biometrics systems supporting the U.S. Army. The task order was awarded under the Defense Information Systems Agency ENCORE II contract, a multiple-award vehicle open to all federal agencies. Pragmatics will provide program, architectural, engineering and analytical support to the Army.

SAIC Receives General Services Administration Task Order for Central Command Support

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order to provide information technology support and services to the U.S. Central Command's (CENTCOM's) Directorate of Command, Control, Communications and Computers (J-6). The task order has a ceiling value of $226 million if all options are exercised. Under the task order, SAIC will provide command, control, communications and computer information (C4I) support for the entire CENTCOM organization. Services will include planning, program management, integration, operation and maintenance of headquarters and/or joint theater-level communications and computer networks.

iRobot Receives $3.7 Million Order from Naval Sea Systems Command

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

iRobot Corporation has received a $3.7 million order from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) under an existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for delivery of 17 PackBot Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) robots and repair parts.

L-3 Awarded $92 Million Task Order by Army

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' global security and engineering solutions (GS&ES) unit has been awarded a five-year, $92.2 million task order by the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service for the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Under the task order, GS&ES will support the Army Architecture Integration and Management Directorate and the Army Capabilities Integration Center as well as other TRADOC centers of excellence throughout the continental U.S.

Lockheed Martin Wins Information Technology Contract to Support Defense Media Activity

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has been selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to provide information technology support across its Defense Media Activity organization. The contract is worth up to $59 million if all options are exercised. Lockheed Martin will manage and operate the network infrastructure, information security components, uninterruptible power systems, leased communication services, cable plant, telecommunications closets and equipment rooms, and cryptographic equipment.

Think Fast

November 3, 2008
By H. Mosher

"Significant change" is needed in how organizations approach questions of efficiency and effectiveness, writes Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) in this month's Incoming column, Change Is a Requisite for the Future of Network-Centric Operations. Noting how businesses are embracing Internet-based Web services and social networking media, he makes a case for a culture of risk-taking and risk managment, and an ecosystem-like, nodal information structure to better achieve an interoperable information core and cut down on translation overhead. While he doesn't discount the security, privacy and intellectual property issues that will come up, he says that we're already well past anywhere we might have dreamed of just 10 years ago, and emphasizes that government must keep pace:

Continuous improvement in cybersecurity, situational awareness, decision making and response to events across all organizational venues is a national imperative and is being driven by speed. Technology is evolving at a rate that continues to leave behind those who lack the agility to accommodate its accelerating rate of change. Achieving this agility requires institutionalizing a culture of risk taking and risk management, along with streamlined acquisition processes.

The single enterprise concept or vertically oriented approach is not the answer. Power lies in shaping and advancing information and knowledge sharing as a global capability across all operational entities. This will create a competitive advantage that denies opportunities to adversaries and is capable of responding to their actions with speed, precision and measured effect. The resultant global adaptive network of networks eventually will challenge, if not render obsolete, present views on bandwidth limitations, information assurance, reliability and connectivity.

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ITT Receives Order for Systems to Thwart Improvised Explosive Devices

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has been awarded a $206 million contract to produce an additional 2,866 CREW 2.1 vehicle receiver jammers, vehicle-mounted systems designed to prevent the detonation of improvised explosive devices. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command and was announced by the U.S. Defense Department.

L-3 Awarded Navy T-45 Logistics and Maintenance Support Contract

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' Vertex subsidiary has been awarded an indefinite delivery contract valued at $569 million by the U.S. Navy. Vertex, which has teamed with the Boeing Company for this project, will provide logistics services and maintenance materials in support of T-45A and T-45C trainer aircraft.

CACI Awarded $19.5 Million Contract to Support Business Enterprise Integration

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a three-year, $19.5 million Business Enterprise Integration Services task order contract to provide technical and management support to the U.S. Defense Department Business Transformation Agency (BTA). CACI will provide systems maintenance and development for many major Defense Department business systems currently being enhanced by BTA. The scope also includes defense finance and accounting service projects.

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